CHICAGO – A 42-year-old man, who is the husband of a Filipino-American woman, was being held on a $1-million bond for allegedly attempting to hire someone to kill his wife and their young daughter.
The accused, Jeffrey Lytle, allegedly offered half of the life insurance proceeds as payment to the hit man.
The $1-million bail bond was set after a hearing before Judge Tam Bui of the Snohomish County District Court in Everett, Washington State.
Lytle, however, will have to wait until March 3, the date of the next hearing, to know if prosecutors will file felony charges of murder in the first degree against him.
During the arraignment held on Feb. 13 before Judge Anthony Howard, Lytle pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was assisted by a public defender.
It was reported that the Snohomish County sheriff questioned Lytle after he was contacted by a former employer who said he had received a disturbing text message from Lytle, resident of Monroe, Washington. The message, which appeared to be intended for someone else, reportedly stated, “Hey Shayne how’s it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife.
“I’m going to take you up on that offer. (Wife’s) life insurance is worth 1 million and if you want a bounes (sic) you can kill (daughter). Her life insurance is 500k. I go to work 5 in the morning. (Wife) goes to work at 2:00pm so if you can make a robbery gone wrong or make it an accident she works at walmart she gets off at 11:00. I’ll split everything with the insurance 50/50. Please call or text me please.”
When the Sheriff’s deputies contacted Lytle’s wife at work, she confirmed being married to Lytle for seven years and having a four-year-old daughter with him. She also confirmed the existence of a family life insurance policy, and that there have been financial issues with her husband out of work, court records show.
She did not believe there was any marital issue that would cause her husband to want to kill her.
Man tried to kill his wife and daughter?
When Lytle was contacted at their family residence, he confirmed his cell phone number to the deputies and the name of his former employer who called the sheriff’s office.
Court documents stated that Lytle originally denied sending a text message, but then said he wrote the text out of anger when he had a fight with his wife about his talking with another woman.
Court records showed that Lytle did not send the text to anyone. He denied having any life insurance policy.
Lytle allegedly told investigators he had saved drafts of the message, which he wrote several months ago after his fight with his wife after he talked to another woman. He thought his four-year-old daughter might have sent the text message.
Lytle was taken to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit for further questioning.
Lytle reportedly described to the deputies a botched-robbery scenario with the victims being shot in the home and valuable items taken away. He told the police “Shayne” was just an imaginary name, not a real person.
Court documents also showed, “Jeffery was mostly emotionless during the interview.”
A warrant was requested to search Lytle’s residence in a bid to find his cell phone and any paperwork related to a life insurance policy.
Some Facebook readers who learned about Lytle’s deadly text message posted on Lytle’s FB account: “Amber Smith: You are a evil man!!!
Cheng Sailer: You sick f***. I hope your ass gets tortured in jail.”
Lytle, however, cannot respond to the comments as he has no access to his FB account as he was in custody.
His wife did not respond to a private-message request for comment by this reporter in her Facebook page.